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Anne Elizabeth Applebaum
File:File:Anne Elizabeth Applebaum.jpg
Born July 25, 1964(1964-07-25) (age 58)[1]
Washington, D.C.
Nationality United States, Polish
Education B.A. 1986 (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
MSc, 1987
Alma mater Yale University
London School of Economics
St. Antony's College, Oxford
Occupation journalist
Known for prize winning writings on former Soviet Union and its satellite countries
Home town Washington, D.C.
Spouse(s) Radosław Sikorski since June 27, 1992
Children Aleksander, Tadeusz
Parents Harvey M. Applebaum
Elizabeth (Bloom) Applebaum
Anne Applebaum

Anne Elizabeth Applebaum (born July 25, 1964) is an Polish American journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who has written extensively about communism and the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. She has been an editor at The Economist, and a member of the editorial board of The Washington Post (2002–2006) and Slate Magazine. She is married to Poland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski.[3]

Early life[]

Her parents are Harvey M. Applebaum, a Covington and Burling partner, and Elizabeth Applebaum of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She graduated from the Sidwell Friends School (1982). She earned a BA (summa cum laude) at Yale University (1986), where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. As a Marshall Scholar at the London School of Economics she earned a master's degree in international relations (1987).[4] She studied at St Antony's College, Oxford before moving to Warsaw, Poland in 1988 as a correspondent for The Economist.[5]


Applebaum was an editor at The Spectator, and a columnist for both The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. She also wrote for The Independent. Working for The Economist, she provided coverage of important social and political transitions in Eastern Europe, both before and after the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. In 1992, she was awarded the Charles Douglas-Home Memorial Trust Award.[6]

Applebaum lived in London and Warsaw during the 1990s, and was for several years a columnist for London's Evening Standard newspaper. She wrote about both foreign and domestic policy issues.

Applebaum's first book, Between East and West, is a travelogue, and was awarded an Adolph Bentinck Prize in 1996.[7] Gulag: A History (2003), on the Soviet prison system, was awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction writing.[7][8][9] Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944–56, was published in 2012 by Doubleday in the USA and Allen Lane in the UK. In 2013, it was shortlisted for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award.[10]

Applebaum is proficient in French, Polish[11] and Russian.[12]

On May 24, 2006, she wrote that she was leaving Washington to live again in Poland.[13]

Applebaum was a George Herbert Walker Bush/Axel Springer Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany, in 2006.[14] Applebaum was also an adjunct fellow at the American Enterprise Institute think tank.[15]

In a short blog posting in September 2009, Applebaum condemned the 2009 arrest of Roman Polanski.[16][17] Critics claimed that she minimized Polanski's crimes and did not disclose that her husband was seeking his release.[18][19][20][21][22] She responded in a second blog post that she had previously disclosed her husband's job, was not a spokesman for him, and "had no idea that the Polish government would or could lobby for Polanski's release".[17]

In February 2008, she was awarded the Estonian Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, third class.[23] In 2010, she was given the Hungarian Petőfi-award in Budapest's House of Terror Museum.[24]

In the 2012–2013 academic year, she was the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE

Personal life[]

Applebaum married Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski in 1992. They have two sons: Aleksander and Tadeusz.[25]

Anne Applebaum-Sikorska became a Polish citizen in 2013.[26]

Awards and honors[]

  • 2004 Pulitzer Prize (General Non-Fiction), Gulag: A History[27]
  • 2012 National Book Award (Nonfiction), finalist, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944–1956[28]
  • 2013 Cundill Prize, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956[29]


  1. Petrone, Justine. "Interview with Anne Applebaum". City Paper. BALTIC NEWS LTD. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  2. "Anne Applebaum". Contemporary Authors Online (updated November 30, 2005. ed.). Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale. 2008 [2006]. H1000119613. Archived from the original on April 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-14.  Reproduced in Biography Resource Center.
  3. Applebaum, Anne (March 28, 2010). "I almost became the first lady of Poland". Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  4. "Anne E. Applebaum to Wed in June". The New York Times. December 8, 1991. Retrieved 2008-04-23. "... is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa." 
  5. "Anne Applebaum". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  6. "Anne Applebaum biography". The Washington Post Company. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "From concentration camps to cotton". Idaho Mountain express and guide.. Express publishing inc.. March 25, 2005. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  8. "'The Known World' Wins Pulitzer Prize for Fiction". The New York Times. April 5, 2004. 
  9. "The 2004 Pulitzer Prize Winners General Nonfiction". Archived from the original on October 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  11. Video of interview with Anne Applebaum, in Polish, streaming video available from TVN [1]
  13. So Long, Washington (for Now) by Anne Applebaum, The Washington Post, 2006-05-24. Retrieved 2008-04-23
  14. "Participants of the International Bertelsmann Forum 2006". Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  15. Leonard, Brooke (May 8, 2008). "Turning Abkhazia into a War". National Interest. New York City. Archived from the original on January 13, 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  16. Anne Applebaum, September 27, 2009, The Outrageous Arrest of Roman Polanski. Retrieved on 2009-10-06.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Anne Applebaum, September 29, 2009, Reaction to Roman Polanski. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  18. Glenn Greenwald "Post editors should read their own columnists"., October 1, 2009. Retrieved on October 6, 2009.
  19. Katha Pollitt wrote that Applebaum "overlooks the true nature of the crime (drugs, forced anal sex, etc)". Katha Pollitt, "What's with these friends of a rapist?". Chicago Tribune, October 2, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2009
  20. Ron Radosh, "Can We Still Trust Anne Applebaum? Her Irrational Defense of Polanski". Pajamas Media, October 2, 2009. Retrieved on October 6, 2006
  21. Jillian York, The Huffington Post', October 1, 2009, Anne Applebaum, Child Rape Apologist?. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  22. Kate Harding, September 28, 2009,, Reminder: Roman Polanski Raped a Child. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  23. "President Ilves participated in the celebration of Poland's 90th anniversary". Office of the president of Estonia. November 11, 2008. 
  24. "Anne Applebaum Receives Petőfi Prize". US Embassy,Budapest, Hungary. December 14, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  25. "Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. April 23, 2008. Archived from the original on April 11, 2008.,of,Foreign,Affairs,Radoslaw,Sikorski,13614.html. Retrieved 2008-04-23. "Radosław Sikorski is married to journalist and writer Anne Applebaum, who won the 2004 Pulitzer prize for her book “Gulag: A History”. They have two sons: Aleksander and Tadeusz." 
  26. "Anne Applebaum. Żona Radosława Sikorskiego to dziś jedna z najbardziej wpływowych Polek". Times of Polska. 2013-08-31.,anne-applebaum-zona-radoslawa-sikorskiego-to-dzis-jedna-z-najbardziej-wplywowych-polek,id,t.html. Retrieved 2013-08-31. "Anne Applebaum jest już pełnoprawną Polką." 
  27. "The Pulitzer Prizes General Nonfiction". Pulitzer Prize. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  28. "National Book Award Finalists Announced Today". Library Journal. October 10, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  29. Press Release (21 November 2013). "Ann Applebaum wins 2013 Cundill Prize". McGill University. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 

Further reading[]

  • Anne Applebaum, Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe, Pantheon Books, October 1994, hardcover, ISBN 0-679-42150-5; another hardcover edition, Random House, 1995, ISBN 0-517-15906-6 Introduction online
  • Anne Applebaum, Gulag: A History, Doubleday, April 2003, hardcover, 677 pages, ISBN 0-7679-0056-1; trade paperback, Bantam Dell, May 11, 2004, 736 pages, ISBN 1-4000-3409-4 Introduction online
  • Anne Applebaum, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–1956, Allen Lane, 2012, hardcover, 614 pages, ISBN 978-0-713-99868-9 / Doubleday ISBN 978-0-385-51569-6
  • Contemporary Review, December 2003, review of Gulag: A History of the Soviet Camps, p. 379.
  • History Today, October 2003, Helen Rappaport, review of Gulag, p. 58.
  • Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 1994, review of Between East and West, p. 1095.
  • The New York Times Book Review, December 18, 1994, Robert D. Kaplan, review of Between East and West, pp. 11–12.
  • The Wall Street Journal, October 24, 1994, Brian Hill, review of Between East and West, p. A11.
  • Washington Post Book World, November 20, 1994, Marie Arana-Ward, review of Between East and West, p. 4.

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